Most of the Colorado residents recall the horrific tragedy that happened on July 20th, 2012 when a gunman dressed in tactical clothing came through the back door of Aurora’s Cinemark Theater and burst into the midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.” Armed with gas grenades and multiple firearms, he shot and killed 12 people and injured 70. James Edgar Holmes has pleaded not guilty due to reasons of insanity.
Since this horrible tragedy, over thirty families of victims have filed multiple lawsuits against the AuroraTheater saying there was no security present. Many of the Cinemark theaters had hired a security guard for the midnight showing but this particular theater elected not to. U.S District Judge R Brook Jackson rejected a motion filed by Cinemark lawyers to drop the lawsuits. Although, he is not saying they are responsible, he said that the lawsuits are allowed to continue.
Many believe not only was the security inadequate but there had been multiple crimes in the surrounding Denver area which should have created security awareness in their opinion. Also, they claim there were no locked doors or alarm system at the theater.
Our hearts continue to go out to the families and the victims in this horrific tragedy. If you or any of your loved ones have experienced a personal injury or wrongful death due to what you believe is negligence from a business, please do not hesitate to contact an attorney to discuss your legal options.